Is the worship of the three gods pagan

Why is idolatry such a seductive temptation?

Basically the answer to this question is "sin". It is man's sinful nature that makes us worship modern idols and all are in reality a form of self-worship. The temptation to worship ourselves is actually a very seductive temptation. In fact, it is so powerful that only those belonging to Christ and indwelling the Holy Spirit can hope to resist the temptation of modern idolatry. Even then, resisting the temptation to worship idols is a lifelong struggle and part of the Christian life (Ephesians 6:11; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2: 3).

When we hear the word idols, we often think of statues and objects that are reminiscent of gods of pagan and ancient cultures. However, the idols of the 21st century often bear no resemblance to artifacts used thousands of years ago. Today many have replaced the “golden calf” with the insatiable greed or prestige or “success” in the eyes of the world. Some strive for good standing with others as the ultimate goal. Others seek comfort or pursue a myriad of other, yet empty passions. Sadly, those who strive for such idols are revered in our society. In the end, however, it does not matter what empty amusements we are chasing or what idols or false gods we bow down to; the result is the same - separation from the one true God.

When we recognize and understand contemporary idols, we can better understand why they are such a great temptation. An idol can be anything that we put before God in our life, anything that takes God's place in our heart, such as possessions, careers, relationships, hobbies, sports, entertainment, goals, greed, addictions to alcohol / drugs / games / Pornographers, etc. Some of the things we idolize are clearly sinful. But a lot of the things we love can also be very good, like relationships or careers. Nevertheless, the scriptures tell us that in everything we do, do it “for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) and that we should only serve God (Deuteronomy 6:13; Luke 16:13) . Unfortunately, when we pursue our idol with ambition, we often push God out of the way. Worse still is the considerable amount of time we often spend in idolatrous pursuits, leaving little or no time with the Lord.

Sometimes we also seek encouragement and consolation from our idols in difficult phases of life or the turbulent times of our world. Dependent behavior, such as drug and alcohol consumption, but also something like excessive reading or watching TV, can be used as a temporary escape from difficult situations or everyday life.

However, Psalm 115: 8 tells us that whoever puts his trust in such behavior will basically become spiritually useless. We must put our trust in the Lord, “Who will keep us from all harm” (Psalm 121: 7) and who promised to meet all our needs if we trust in Him. We should also keep in mind the words of Paul, who teaches us not to worry about anything, but to pray over everything, so that the peace from God, beyond understanding, may keep our hearts and minds (Philippians 4: 6- 7).

There is another form of idol worship today. Their growth is strengthened by cultures that continue to deviate from clear Bible teaching, just as Paul warned us: “For there will be a time when they cannot endure sound teaching” (2 Timothy 4: 3). In these pluralistic, liberal times, many cultures - to a great extent - have redefined God. We have given up God as revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures and have transformed him according to our own ideas and wishes - a “nicer and softer” God who is much more tolerant than the God of the Bible. One who demands less and judges less and tolerates my lifestyle without causing guilt. By promoting this idolatry in churches around the world, members believe that they are worshiping the one, true, God. However, these "overworked" gods are man-made, and to worship them is to worship idols. Worshiping a self-made God is especially appealing to those whose habits, lifestyles, desires, and desires are not in harmony with the Bible.

The things of the world will never completely satisfy the human heart. They were never intended for that. Sinful things deceive us and eventually lead to death (Romans 6:23). The good things of this world are gifts from God, meant to be enjoyed with a grateful heart, in submission to God and for his glory. But if the gifts replace the giver or the created replace the Creator in our life, then we have fallen into idolatry. No idol can give meaning, value, or everlasting hope to our lives. As Solomon beautifully teaches in Ecclesiastes, life apart from proper relationship with God is meaningless. We were created in God's image (Genesis 1:27) and we were created to worship and glorify Him, as He alone is worthy of our worship. God "put eternity in [man's] heart" (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to meet the desire for eternal life. All our idolatrous pursuit will not satisfy us and leave a void, and in the end it will lead us down the broad path that most people take but which leads to perdition (Matthew 7:13).


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